Bangkok’s highest profile charity dinner Bangkok Chefs Charity 2018 returned for the ninth time last month, organized by Thailand’s leading fine food product importer Gourmet One. Graciously presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the event saw 20 of the best chefs from five-star hotels and Thai Airways International gathered at the Mandarin Oriental’s Royal Ballroom to demonstrate their culinary talents by creating a 10-course gourmet feast for generous guests. By the end of the night, a total of 31 million was raised—the highest ever since Bangkok Chefs Charity's inception in 2009. All proceeds, without deductions for expenses, went towards the Porder Patrol Police Schools under Her Royal Highness' patron, as well as underprivileged children in remote areas of the North.
This year’s Bangkok Chefs Charity came with a special condition—a challenge if you will. All chefs were obliged to incorporate camellia seed oil from ‘PatPat’, developed by the Chaipattana Foundation, and pesticide-free vegetables from the royal ‘Jan-Ka-Pak’ projects. The challenge added a meaningful twist in line with the event’s concept of promoting long-term sustainability in the gourmet scene.
Chefs crafted their courses, incorporating the centrepiece ingredients alongside other premium products such as baby lamb, lobsters and foie gras. Another exciting highlight this year was the participation of 11 adorable young chefs aspiring to join Thailand’s thriving culinary scene. Gastronomy enthusiasts from a young age, what they lacked in size they more than made up for with passion.
Another pinnacle of the evening was the annual tradition where Her Royal Highness demonstrates a personal preparation of the classic Isaan dish som tum using a special krok. This year, Princess Sirindhorn was assisted by Patcharin Hame-ung-gull and Nuntiya Intralib, and the royally prepared delicacy was presented to the event’s 18 donors.